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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore Auditorium on 1969-12-20

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore Auditorium on 1969-12-20


Topics Live concert


Mason's Children, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, High Time, Me & My Uncle, Hard To Handle, Cumberland Blues, Black Peter Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> New Speedway Boogie->


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore Auditorium
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MR > ? > FM > ? > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Paul Hartman and JCotsman

Notes

This is not the complete show, and is missing Me & My Uncle, Hard To Handle, Cumberland Blues, Black Peter, and Dark Star>St. Stephen in the span between High Time and The Eleven. The missing songs are quite possibly missing from
the vault reels as well. This is the first known version of New Speedway, which has some very off-key harmonies, ----that sound as if they are almost intentional and sarcastic ????.

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Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2015
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Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2013
Subject: --
"for profit exploitation copies"? Yeah, fight the power, dude.

Actually, the only beef I have with that Dave's Picks release is that with the availability of so many shows online official releases have been released just because lost reels are found. I don't think this show is really all that great. It sounds OK on the release, but until the DS > SS > 11 thing it's just shrug-your-shoulders average. The full, 35-minute Lovelight really is the only reason to go there. I think this early New Speedway, with those "harmonies" from Bobby and Phil, sounds absolutely ridiculous.
Reviewer: RikWrecking - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2013
Subject: Free the Dead
Thanks to the Internet Archive we have free and open Dead concerts as they intended. Others (see below) use this site to promote for-profit exploitation copies limited to ONLY the FIRST 13,000 buyers.
Reviewer: Tony Brooke - - April 12, 2013
Subject: missing reels were found
The missing reels were found and this whole show has been released:

http://www.dead.net/store/daves-picks-store/daves-picks-volume-6-san-francisco-122069-cd-st-louis-2270
Reviewer: Satori70 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2012
Subject: What you figure your gonna' do ?
Epic Lovelight !! Only worthy of 5***** !! Breakout NSB, also the China/Rider & Eleven jams are on fire :)

[One way or another, this darkness got to give]
Reviewer: Junior Whitefish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2010
Subject: Where's the end of Lovelight!!??
Pigpen is on one of his most classic rants when the tape cuts. Anyone have the full version? I'm very interested in the rest of his relationship advice. The other guys in the band must have thought he was hilarious.
Reviewer: cloudsplitter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2010
Subject: New Speedway
An interesting New Speedway Boogie, being the first performance you can tell it's still coming together, but they'd soon get a good hold on the song during the summer of 1970. Always love The Eleven, it's too bad Dark Star and Saint Stephen are cut out though, but I can't complain it's still an excellent recording.
Reviewer: 31rhodium - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2009
Subject: New Speedway Boogie
I think New Speedway Boogie is written in relation to the events of Altamont earlier in the month, not Kent State. Good show but would be good to have entire show.
Reviewer: whitefluff - favoritefavorite - November 25, 2007
Subject: Understanding
Sure the sound is bad but its a miracle that we even get to hear these shows considering how old they are. We can't complain about how bad the sound quality is. If the Dead sucked cuz they were tripping too hard thats one thing but to complain because the music is skipping or popping is unreasonable.

Lets keep it real and remark on the music.... not the sound quality of 40+ year old reels.

peace brothers!! Not the best performance @ Fillmore 69...
Reviewer: Little Nemo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2006
Subject: worth a listen
fun show, lots of energy (for the time) on China > Rider, great job on the first NSB, just a little rough around the edges. Lovelight is above average and has a unique rap with some shocking elements!
Reviewer: bigboypeete - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 24, 2005
Subject: check it out
good show good sound not an extreme stand out show but its 69 and it sounds good so that will do for me ,early china>rider combo is nice to hear
Reviewer: earwig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2005
Subject: Need a vintage recording guru's help...
... to understand. First, download this show as well as the Fillmore show (29th). They both purport to be the first acoustic show, because of Bill being late. Im very interested in the band's transistion from the machine-eating psychedlic monster of the late 60's to the sweet/sad acoustic combo of the early 70's. Any ideas? For instance, was Bill actually late to both shows, leading to the same type of acoustic set as a result? And was it actually only serendipidy that led to the acoustic stuff. Naturally it became a mjor part of the trip during 1970 (with the NRPS shows). Also, has anyone else notoced how often NSB is described as a reaction to Kent State? The timeline seems to blow that analysis away...
At any rate, this is WONDERFUL music. Do yourself a favor and git it, right this very second.
Reviewer: TxIronman - favoritefavorite - August 18, 2004
Subject: Skip this one
Nothing remarkable here. There is what sounds like CD skipping on China Cat. Sound is good but has some tape hiss between songs. High Time gets a little rough to listen to. First known New Speedway Boogie.
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